Dr. Arezoo Motavalizadeh Ardekani, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. (Photo credit: Purdue Office of Research and Partnerships)

Arezoo Ardekani Receives PECASE

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative congratulates one of its own – Dr. Arezoo Motavalizadeh Ardekani, an assistant professor at Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering – for receiving the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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An Ocean Oil Spill Science Legacy

There have been two large scale oil spills over the past 4 decades in the Gulf of Mexico. The Ixtoc I spill in 1979 off the coast of Carmen, Mexico released 3.5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf, and the Macondo wellhead blowout off the coast of Louisiana, USA in 2010 released 3.19 million barrels of oil into the Gulf.

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